Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Year’s Resolutions

Go in one year and out the other!

Here we are at the end of 2012. Are you thinking of your new resolutions? How did you do with the ones you made last year? I am ending the year weighing less than I started by 20 pounds and wearing a size 16 jean, and having competed in a mud run obstacle race. Not where I wanted to be at this time, but better than I was and having accomplished things I never dreamed of.

I did not start out my new birthday year with a workout. I had been fighting a sickness when I last blogged and hopeful I could beat it. Illness had other plans and I celebrated Christmas hacking up a lung without a voice. Best laid plans right. I’d like to say I will ring in the new year with a workout, but as I sit here and think of all I need to do and the plans we have I don’t think it will happen. It is still on my “To do” list though.

I do want to end this year with a huge “Thank you!” to Miss AB! Because you started this blog I have had the accountability to follow through with my goals to the best of my ability. I have surprised myself this year with what I can do. I never would have even considered a 5k let alone an obstacle course had it not been for you. And here I am starting the next year by putting race dates on the calendar!

It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.- George Sheehan

For Christmas I gave my husband a gift from his bucket list. A half day zip-line tour and surprised him again with the fact that I was going with him. I never would have done it before. There are weight limits for zip-lines and I have either exceeded them or been close enough that I was too embarrassed to try. I have avoided many things in my life due to my weight. I am on my way to enjoying life more with my husband and kids and getting off the sidelines.

You have also been a dear friend outside of this blog. Thank you for everything!

My new goals for 2013……

Lose more weight this year than I did in 2012.

Read more books than I did in 2012.

Run a 5K in under 30 minutes.

Have more dates with my husband than I did in 2012.

I hope you all begin the new year with your loved ones, ready for great blessings this new year!

Happy New Year’s Scalematters!

We all have dreams, in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.
-Jesse Owens

Mulligan

I am not a golfer but I love the concept (and the name) of getting a do-over. I have not failed in my attempts. I have let other challenges take priority so I stalled. But here I am again ready to get back on track. I will start from where I am.

MULLIGAN.

2012-12-28 weigh in

Last week I posted about drinking water and I have been. *pat myself on the back* One of my friend’s pointed out that when the weather is (California) chilly it takes more of an effort to remember to drink enough water. I made the effort and it paid off. I was peeing every 30 minutes during our family party, but it paid off.

This week I am taking some time to stragtegize. I want to set some goals for myself along with some rewards. I am going to plan specifics on how/when I will get my exercise. I wish I could say I am going to do some meal planning, but, being honest here, we will see.

There are still a few Christmas goodies hanging around. I’m avoiding them. I won’t be indulging in ice cream like I have this past week. My husband is taking me out to look for a bike today. I haven’t owned one in ages, but I am excited at the possibility.

Wish me luck.

 

Step away from the cookies……

…….and no one gains weight!

How are you doing with all the food that is EVERYWHERE!?

I have indulged a little more than I would have hoped I would. I am getting about 3 workouts a week, again not what I had planned, but I shan’t complain as that appears to be better than some. (No Judgement Ladies! Believe me, I know life gets in the way!) I plan to have hubby drop me off at the gym while he goes and does his annual waited-until-the-last-minute-and-must-go-shopping-now event.

The first years we were married he would try and pretend that he wasn’t shopping for me on Christmas Eve. ‘I’ve just got to get some wrapping paper.” “I ran out of ribbon.” “I hid your presents at a friend’s house and have to go get them.” It wasn’t long before I learned the “friend” was named The Mall. LOL! He doesn’t try to hide it now.

When we were engaged he tried to convince me that we should get married on Christmas. One day for him to remember, Christmas, anniversary, and my birthday all in one shot. (Yes, my b-day is on Christmas hence the name “Kris” as in Kringle. I was suppose to be a boy.) I have to remind him now how much more in trouble he would be trying to shop for 3 important dates at the last minute. He still thinks it would have been an awesome idea. Men!

This year I will begin my birthday with a workout! That’s my plan. I would prefer it be sleeping in but as I have  preschoolers, the excitement will not keep them in bed. Hubs will not be home from working the ER until afternoon, there will be no opening of presents until then. Since I will be up, I might as well start a new year of life off right.

I hope you all remember the reason for the Season and spend some wonderful time with loved ones!

Merry Christmas!!

happy hydrated holidays

I know I’ve been MIA the last month. Life just keeps happening and my fitness goals are taking a backseat. I will take the opportunity to renew my commitment with the new year. In the meantime, my one goal (and advice I would share) is to make sure I am drinking my 8 glasses of water each day. When I make sure I’m drinking water it helps my skin (which is dying from this crazy unusual California cold), my appetite (oh so many plates of hand delivered, homemade treats!), and keeps me away from those unhealthy beverages.

May your Christmas be merry, bright, and full of love!

This week, hug your family a little tighter and let’s take a moment to pray for the comfort only God can provide for the families of the victims.

Justice Served?

I started out with such a great attitude and a feeling of starting over. Great workout Monday. Then Monday night I called, hopeful that my jury number would not be one to have to show up the next day. Nope, not so lucky. My first jury summons. “Don’t worry,” they said. “You’ll be in and out,” they said. “You won’t be picked.” It took 7 hours to find an impartial jury that included myself. As soon as the term “gang member” went out, potential jurors had their mind made up weeding out 73 people. If your are going to serve, might as well make it interesting.

Two and a half days later, my week is shot, all plans out the window, and I am playing catch up on everything I wasn’t able to get done. Workouts did not get caught up.

I did spend yesterday helping unload produce from a truck for an hour. I also shoveled snow today for an 1 1/2 and I couldn’t feel my legs anymore it was so cold. That counts as working out right? Okay, pitiful I know.

I’m starting to sound like a broken record, all these starting over posts, but  luckily we never run out of second chances when it comes to trying to get healthy. You can let a set back ruin everything you have done or take it for what it is. Just a temporary set back.

It’s always too early to quit.
—Norman Vincent Peale

 

Realizing Success

Well, hello everyone! Been a while, huh? I’ve actually been thinking a lot about you all but Thursday comes and goes too fast these days!

But, alas, here I am to check in with you and do an update! First, I’m 25 1/2 weeks pregnant. My baby girl is growing like a weed and LOVES play bouncey on my bladder and pelvic bone. Those are fun times, but not as fun as when she plays tiny dancer when I’m trying to sleep! 😉 All kidding aside, this has been the most amazing 25 weeks of my life. I’m madly in love with this little one growing inside me and can’t wait to hold her in my arms come March.

I have been struggling with certain parts of pregnancy. The cravings, the laziness extreme sleepiness… the emotions… they are a lot to handle. On Tuesday at my OB appointment I learned that I am severely hypothyroid. On top of all the lack of energy from being pregnant {though I did paint 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and my hall in 3 days and canned 42 lbs of apples} my thyroid was barley hanging on. My OB told me that with the help of my new meds I should be feeling better than I have in my entire life. My ENTIRE life! He also said this should help with my {cough, cough} weight gain. We shall see. Today is day 2 on my new meds and I’ve taken a nap both days…

So, we agreed to be honest. So here it goes. I’ve gained almost 30 lbs already. Now, this freaks me out. I was talking to one of my girlfriends about my pregnancy and she said something to me that made me realize that I was focusing on the wrong thing during my pregnancy. I was complaining about my weight and she said to me I don’t know why you aren’t giving yourself the credit you deserved. When you first wanted to lose weight your goal was to get to a point where you were able to get pregnant. Autumn, you did that! You need to realize your success!

So, ladies… that’s what I encourage us all to do… find the success that you have made and celebrate them!!

To leave you off… here’s my baby bump! This pic was taken this past Sunday… and I feel huge! But I LOVE LOVE LOVE that my baby girl has taken up house in there!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and a wonderful New Year–in case I don’t make it back in time to tell you before then!! 🙂

xoxo,

Autumn and Baby Girl 😉

25 weeks!!25 weeks part 2

Two steps forward

Oh I love this time of year.  As I write, my house is in transition and a bit of disarray.  It is the transition of normal every day to Christmas beautiful.  Almost everything comes down and Christmas cheer goes up.  Quite a transition.  I wonder every year if it is worth it, and when it’s all done, I decide it definitely is.

It got me thinking…about me.  I’m in a period of transition.  I’m in a bit of disarray but as I continue, I find I am more and more pleased with what I see.  It’s taking a lot of work, but is rewarding when I put in the hard work…sometimes it’s really hard!  My pj’s are all getting loose on me, as are my jeans.  I even fit myself into my size 12’s…easily.  Rewarding!

This morning I weighed in at 162.2, down a few and losing inches.  This is the motivation I need to get me through this time of year.  I’m not missing out, I’m using constraint and having a taste.  I’m bookending.  If I know I’m going out for an event, I minimize my calories earlier and after for a day or two.  I always have a protein shake in the morning – healthy fast food with minimal calories.  I’ve kept tempting food out of the house.  Our leftover from Thanksgiving pies went to hubby’s work to share with co-workers, and out of my house!  I’m doing this!

Merry Christmas blessings to you all.

Here’s a few great tips from http://blog.emeals.com/2012/11/portion-control-tips-for-preventing-holiday-weight-gain/

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Does the holiday eating frenzy have you singing the blues instead of “it’s the most wonderful time of the year?” You can enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds.

First of all, have reasonable expectations. It would be very difficult to lose weight during the holiday season, so instead, aim to maintain your weight. But don’t be fooled – this doesn’t mean to eat whatever you want for the next month! Follow these three tips to help you start January at the same weight you are right now.

  1. At parties, survey the entire spread first. Take small portions of your favorite dishes, and skip the ones you can live without. Bulk up your plate with vegetables and fruits if you’re still hungry. Remember, the holiday season is about celebrating and enjoying good times with family and friends. It’s okay to enjoy your favorite holiday dishes, just choose small portions and take the time to savor each bite.
  2. Balance out the heavy holiday meals with healthy ones. Don’t let one Christmas party indulgence derail your intentions to eat healthy overall. If you overeat at one meal, go light on the next one. Try lightening up your everyday breakfasts and lunches during this season to help compensate for extra calories.
  3. Amp up your exercise. If you’re already a regular exerciser, increase your workout time and intensity to help offset extra calorie intake. Adding just one extra mile to your morning run will only take about 10 minutes and will torch an extra 100 calories! If you don’t typically exercise, try adding extra physical activity into your daily routine. While out doing holiday shopping, park at the farthest parking spot, and take an extra lap around the mall before you get started. Plan family activities that get everyone moving. Instead of riding around the neighborhood in your car to check out the Christmas lights, bundle everyone up and head out on foot. The calories you burn will just be an added bonus compared to the fun you’ll enjoy together.

If you’re looking for a healthy holiday menu for your next celebration, check out our eMeals Clean Eating Holiday Menu. Our Healthy Lunch Plan is also available to help you stay on track during the noontime hour.

Who came up with Jeans?

WARNING- The following is a rant from an unstable, hormonal woman!

 

I should know better than to go jean shopping at the beginning of my period or ever for that matter!

As the pile of rejects became larger so did my frustration! If a pair fit over my thighs and hips it was then huge in the waist that would require a belt and be bunched up. If it was halfway decent for the waist, my legs looked like stuffed sausages. One dipped too low in the back which would mandate never sitting or bending over or they were the mom jeans up to my arm pits. I guess if they go up that high they could make them in a “push-up” style to combat sagging. Then there is the ever annoying foot and a half of material pooling on the floor. Not every woman is an amazonian goddess whose 6 feet tall, nor one who likes to wear sky high heels to fake the height either!

If I am going to spend that much money even after the sale with an extra %off coupon and store cash, which is still ridiculous!, the jeans had better fit right and look good. Or at least half way decent!

Who designs these clothes anyway? I am convinced it isn’t a real woman or any one who has met a real woman!

My hubby tried to make me feel better as we left, “Someday you’ll go into a dressing room and won’t come out crying.” I told him I wasn’t so sure and I’m not. I use to think there would come a time when what I looked like in a mirror would match what my mind thinks I look like. Whatever!

I should know better than to weigh in at this time too. Can I really blame it on my period? I worked out more than the 2-3 weeks before, did well with food even. Crappy scale!

Ok, I have vented. Didn’t accomplish much, but there you go. I don’t have much else tonight!

Sweating in the morning. How ’bout you?

 

Hate/Love

HATE

Getting Dressed

Beside the fact that I haven’t had time to fold the laundry that I have washed and there are at least 5 loads yet to be done, my jeans are a little tight

Compliments

I know they are well intended, but I have not been working toward my goals and my weight is creeping back up. How could I possibly “look great”? Which brings me to…

Weighing In

2012-11-30 weigh in

Speaks for itself

Feeling so lame

LOVE

My Amazing Husband

When I mentioned that I hate getting dressed, his response was, “You don’t have to get dressed on my account.” No matter how I look he makes me feel like a blushing bride.

Treats

Especially the fun, seasonal things everyone brings out just for the holidays. Yet, last year I was pretty good at resisting. My willpower this year has been dictated by feeling lame.

My Gym

This week a new branch opened just a hop, skip, and a jump from my house. Fewer excuses!

Repentance

I’m wiping my slate clean this morning and starting again. I will forgive myself for this lapse.  I am letting go of the past month (or so), eliminating excuses, and making time for me. It is a must.

Resolve

I will not give in to the temptation of swedish fish (or any other candy), late night eating,  or distractions from the important. Planning will be my friend. Every opportunity to work out is a must, because YES, just this one workout will make a difference, Self! It is time to stop the pity party/looking for more time in the day lameness. It is time for discipline and to give myself what I really want for the long run by not giving in to the right now.

My friend (a fitness warrior) posted this and I am borrowing it as my inspiration

cheating

I can do faithful!

Been doing it for 17 years and counting with my Amazing Husband. If only fitness was as accomodating.

Wish me luck!

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